The Pho Kim Saigon Guangzhou Restaurant Review is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places:
- New York, New York
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
- Guangzhou, China
- Hong Kong
- Shenzhen, China
- Sanya, China
I know I’m supposed to eat Chinese food when I’m in China but sometimes I don’t feel like being local which is why I had this for my first meal there:
While visiting the Guangzhou International Financial Center, I stumbled upon Pho Kim Saigon. I rationalized another culturally insensitive meal as something I had to do for the blog. (see all my pho reviews here)
As I was flipping through the menu, something caught my eye. In addition to the usual pho offerings, Lil’ Kim also served up a bowl of pho with wagyu beef. I had mixed feelings about paying double for a bowl simply because it had wagyu. Here’s why: In a normal bowl of pho tai, the beef comes almost rare and is cooked in the broth. It is so thinly sliced that tenderness is not an issue. Wagyu, the Krug of the beef world, melts in your mouth like butter and is best served on its own. Still, I was intrigued with what the combination of top-shelf beef and my favorite dish would be like, so I ordered it.
The Spring Rolls
Before I get to the beef, I have to follow pho restaurant review protocol and evaluate the spring or summer rolls. Kim did not have any summer rolls leaving me with fried spring rolls that were good enough.
With only seconds before the wagyu would be overcooked, I slurped a few spoonfuls of broth. In a rush to get to the beef, I could not sample it like a freshly uncorked bottle of wine. From what I remember, it was balanced and delicious.
The moment had come to taste the wagyu to see if it was worth the price. Before adding the additional pho ingredients, I tried a naked piece of beef. It was certainly special.
As I began to mix the broth and add the right amounts of hoisin and sriracha, I realized what a dumb idea it is to order wagyu pho. The pureness of the meat was being contaminated by other flavors. Using wagyu in pho is no different from putting A1 on a great cut of steak. Having said that, I finished the bowl in no time.
I give Pho Kim Saigon the TPOL seal of approval, but next time I will just order a normal bowl of pho tai and not fall for the wagyu gimmick.